Coach Tyrone Willingham allowed the media to watch today's workout, which included plenty of game-situation work.
Willingham wasn't that pleased with the workout, and that didn't surprise those of us who watched. For much of the day, the offense was almost scary-bad. Reeeaalll bad. San-Jose-could-be-trouble bad. But things rallied somewhat when the offense finally showed some life on the final three possessions.
(Willingham also said that this practice wasn't as good as most this fall ... which, in its odd way, should be a relief to UW fans.)
A few other first-hand observations from the session:
&bullQuarterback Isaiah Stanback began what Willingham called a "spotty" day for the quarterbacks by presiding over a three-and-out possession. However, Stanback ended his afternoon leading a long drive that concluded with a touchdown swing pass to tailback Louis Rankin.
&bullRankin's touchdown was one of the memorable plays, as he tiptoed down the sidelines before leaping and stretching the ball over the goal line.
&bullThe play of the day came when true freshman Jake Locker hit Marlon Wood on stride down the sideline for a 71-yard touchdown. The ball traveled about 50 yards in the air.
&bullRankin, Shelton Sampson and Kenny James all had their moments at tailback, but usually couldn't make up for the general ineffectiveness of the first and second offensive lines.
&bullInjuries and lack of depth provided extra playing time for true freshmen Cameron Elisara, a defensive end, and D'Andre Goodwin, a receiver/returner. Both seemed to make the most of their chances, with Goodwin providing a one-handed grab during seven-on-seven drills.
&bullNo. 2 center Ryan Bush sent a couple of shotgun snaps sailing over their targets.
&bullSenior linebacker Scott White was active, breaking up a couple of passes and finally snagging an interception off of No. 2 quarterback Carl Bonnell of Kent.
&bullThe most impressive newcomer may have been redshirt defensive end Daniel Te'o-Nesheim, who seemed to be all over the field.
&bullAnother speed rusher, Caesar Rayford of Spanaway, had a good day, including a sack of Bonnell. If Greyson Gunheim's injury is serious, Rayford becomes an important man in this defense.
&bullJohnie Kirton, the 280-pound tight end who is being tried as a short-yardage back, was stopped on a fourth and one.
&bullSean Douglas punted for plenty of distance, and Michael Braunstein did the same on kickoffs.
&bullSafety Mesphin Forrester put a solid hit on Rankin, who was in the open field after taking a screen pass.
&bullWatching from the sidelines were junior college transfers Ashlee Palmer and Anthony Atkins, who are still awaiting the final word on their eligibility. Willingham implied final word could come very soon.